Better Waste and Recycling Fund

Program snapshot

Category:  Dedicated funding for local councils and groups of councils

Amounts: Total of $39 million over four years from 2017-18

Eligible bodies: Local councils and regional groupings of councils in the levy-paying area

Contact:  1300 361 967 or wasteless.councils@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Ongoing process of participation

Aims

The Better Waste and Recycling Fund provides funding to local councils and regional groups of councils to make it easier for their communities to recycle more and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill. Available to local councils and groups of councils that pay the waste levy, the fund supports a broad range of projects to improve recycling, engage communities, reduce waste generation, tackle littering and illegal dumping, and contribute to achieving the NSW recycling targets.

The Better Waste and Recycling Fund began in 2013-14, providing $68.8 million over four years to local councils and regional groups of councils. With the extension of Waste Less, Recycle More (2017-2021), an additional $39 million over four years has been allocated to the Fund.

Developed in consultation with local councils, this program has streamlined administration that aligns with council priorities, planning and budgetary cycles. It will support longer-term strategic projects, individually tailored by local councils or groups of councils to meet their communities' needs.

How to apply

Please read the Better Waste and Recycling Fund guidelines (2017-2021) (PDF 605KB)

Projects funded

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) distributed a total of $68.8 million to local councils and regional groups from 2013-14 to 2016-17.  

Local councils and regional groups of councils are using the Better Waste and Recycling Fund to support a broad range of projects to deliver improved waste and recycling outcomes for their communities.

For an overview of each of the projects supported by the Better Waste and Recycling Fund, see the 2016-17 projects summary (XLS 127KB).

This table shows funding by key result area. Note: total funding amount includes funding not allocated in previous year/s.

Key result area Number of projects Funding amount
Avoid/reduce 29 $873,293
Recycling/diversion 120 $6,716,180
Managing problem wastes 19 $836,817
Tackling illegal dumping 53 $3,059,873
Tackling litter 49 $2,245,043
Supporting better practice 86 $4,274,669
 Total 356 $18,005,875
    

 

For an overview of each of the projects supported by the Better Waste and Recycling Fund, see the 2015-16 projects summary (XLS 107KB).

This table shows funding by key result area. Note: total funding amount includes funding not allocated in previous year/s.

Key result area Number of projects Funding amount
Avoid/reduce 40 $1,088,773
Recycling/diversion 128 $7,479,255
Managing problem wastes 23 $1,009,986
Tackling illegal dumping 48 $2,759,671
Tackling litter 22 $1,770,881
Supporting better practice 66 $3,506,911
 Total 327 $17,615,477
    

For an overview of each of the projects supported by the Better Waste and Recycling Fund, see the 2013-14 and 2014-15 projects summary (XLS 447KB).

The table shows funding by key result area. Note: organisations generally under-allocate.

Key result area Number of projects Funding amount
Avoid/reduce 61 $2,361,700
Recycling/diversion 198 $16,151,500
Managing problem wastes 35 $1,270,700
Tackling illegal dumping 61 $4,421,700
Tackling litter 39 $2,220,900
Supporting better practice 122 $7,824,500
Total 516 $34,251,000

For an overview of the project progress and outcomes achieved up to August 2015, see 2013-14 and 2014-15 projects outcomes summary (XLS 715KB).

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